Deputy Leader of United National Party (UNP) Sajith Premadasa in writing has requested Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to nominate presidential candidate immediately.
In his letter to the Prime Minister, Sajith Premadasa stressed that there is no reason to delay the nomination of the UNP presidential candidate and that such delays would harm the country and the party, as a blow to democracy.
Sajith Premadasa said that he always respects democracy and does not wish to forcibly gain candidacy from the party. He added that if the party's majority does not want him to be nominated he fully respects, nonetheless, members representing the UNP Working Committee and the parliamentary group should be given the opportunity to select the UNP candidate.
Their decision will be fully appreciated and accepted, Premadasa added.
In his letter, Premadasa also stressed that he is committed to winning the UNP regardless of the issues and that the presidential candidate should be nominated before the presidential election.